Consumers, businesses and restaurant operators alike continue to flock to Chicago’s burgeoning West Loop neighborhood. As companies like Google move in—and nearby residents follow—big-name operators from local wunderkind Brendan Sodikoff to celebrity chef Fabio Viviani are coming in with new concepts. Among those expanding their restaurant empire in the West Loop, chef Stephanie Izard added to her Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner stable with Asia-inspired Duck Duck Goat. Here are three stealable ideas spotted on a lunchtime trip to Izard’s newest venture.
1. Lunchtime patio seats
The waitlist for a reservation at Duck Duck Goat stretches out more than a month. But for those wanting a taste, diners can hit up the takeout window, positioned along the side of the restaurant. Guests can wait in line and order Asian street food-style snacks and sandwiches to go. But for those not ready to head back to the office during the day to eat, Duck Duck Goat makes its patio tables in front of the restaurant available for seating during lunchtime only.
2. Takeout labels
Much of the food served from Duck Duck Goat’s takeout window is packaged in brown cardboard boxes. Instead of letting guests open up boxes (not always ideal when out with co-workers) or guess what’s in each, the cashier puts stickers on each box with the name of the dish. With much of the food being ethnic fare—and not always recognizable—labels also help mitigate an element of confusion.
3. Doughnut happy hour
Down the street from Duck Duck Goat, the West Loop location of Glazed and Infused—a five-unit doughtnut shop from Francesca’s Restaurants—offers a doughnut happy hour to help get rid of its fresh-baked goods before it closes at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The restaurant offers a two-for-one deal, drawing in the lunch crowd for a cheap sweet treat.